About Us

Hello! My name is Peter. My wife Gertrud and I have been living in the small community of Fauquier BC for over 35 years. Here we raised our five boys in the beautiful environment at the Lower Arrow Lake surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped mountains. If one considers that I changed residence at least a dozen times in the first half of my life, one must conclude that Fauquier in spite of its remoteness from the major population centers must have plenty of things to offer to attract people and make them stay. I discovered to my dismay that very little had been written about our small community of some 200 people, its points of interest and attractions not just for tourists traveling through, but for its residents as well. On a separate page I will attempt to fill this gap by talking about its wonderful location, natural wonders, genuine four-season climate, its friendly people who have chosen to live here either to raise a family or simply to retire in a peaceful rural setting.

My wife and I originally come from Germany and have made Canada our home. The fascinating story about our plans to begin a new life so far away from parents, relatives, and friends will also form an important part of this blog. I will write about our family history in book form beginning with my grandparents, who lived in the former German province of Pomerania. Then I will tell the story about my family and their ordeals during the closing days of World War II and their new beginning in postwar West Germany.

My wife’s nickname is Biene, a German word, which means ‘bee’. As a little girl she was very much afraid of bees. So they gave her this name, by which she has been and still is well-known to family and friends. Biene is presently writing about her side of the family in her own blog ‘This Miraculous Life’, which she had started a couple of months ago. You can read about her exciting life experiences at bieneklopp.com, a site, which I think is truly worth visiting often.

As to me and my blog, I would like to emphasize that apart from a photo gallery that will highlight my passion for nature and God’s wonderful creation and apart from showcasing the beauty of our community located in the West Kootenays, I will focus with few exceptions on what the title of my blog and the header are suggesting: thoughts, dreams, reflections, and stories on everything that is worth sharing with family and friends.

Arrow Lakes
My Wife and I Relaxing at the Beach


29 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Stumbled here via Emma’s blog (bluchickenninja) and now you’ve got me intrigued. We seem to be sharing a lot (including how far away we live from our roots) and I will be back to explore your blog.


    • Ja, du hast schon recht. Doch darfst deinem Opa nicht böse sein. Nicht alle haben das Talent oder den Willen zu schreiben. Vielleicht kannst du später einmal eure Familiengeschichte schreiben. Viele liebe Grüße aus dem verschneiten Kanada!


  2. I am so glad I stopped by to visit. Your area sounds wonderful. I just retired from teaching German and studied in Heidelberg and taught twice as a Fulbright teacher in Germany. We make Upstate NY our home where I too enjoy four seasons.

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  3. I have a Vaki batik 5 ‘(lateral) x2’ given to my father ,Dr Henry Copps, by artist Jack Wise before he moved to the NW from Florida in the early to mid-60’s. I will try to upload an image of the work if you are interested in viewing it. I look forward to finding out more about Bill Laux and his work. I am thinking also that you may have been acquainted with Jack Wise – he created mandalas in his later works before he passed.

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  4. Nice to meet you and Biene, Peter. Thanks for following The World according to DIna. 🙂
    I’m a Norwegian living mostly in England and Germany and Klausbernd is German, living in Norfolk, UK.
    Greetings from two expats,
    Dina 🙂

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  5. Glad to meet you and know about your way of life. About a year back I read a book titled “A Brutal Telling” that is set around a small community in a remote place in Canada amid lush surroundings. Your blog reminded me of that book.

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  6. It looks as if you have found an idyllic place to settle. The journey of your family from Germany to Canada will make excellent material for your blog, I have no doubt.
    Many thanks for following my own blog, which is much appreciated.
    Best wishes from England, Pete.

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    • Wesel’s claim to fame is not only the mayor of Wesel, whose echo came back as Esel (Ass), but also the depressing fact that Wesel turned out to be the most thoroughly bombed out city of WW2. Less of 2% of the houses were still standing. Due to Nazi propaganda as an impenetrable fortress on the Rhine, the Allied forces took no chances and gave the weakly defended city a taste of the infamous carpet bombing. Even more than 10 years after the war, I was still playing with my friends in the ruins. Your master will know this for sure. Thanks for taking the time to respond!


    • Dear beetleypeter, you may have wondered about my comment and perhaps even questioned my sanity. The comment was meant for another blogger located on the list below yours. My sincerest apologies!


  7. Es ist eindeutig von Vorteil, wenn man Eltern hat(te), die auch bereit waren, über die Vergangenheit zu sprechen. Ich hab leider nur viele Fotos (beginnend in den 40er Jahren) aber keine Hintergrundinfos. Was hat mein Vater als Soldat in Danzig getan während des 2. Weltkrieges oder in Riga, wo er auch war? Ausser Fotos ist mir nichts geblieben, denn diese unsäglichen 50er-Jahre (und danach genauso) waren gezeichnet durch Verdrängen, Schweigen und Schwelgen im Konsumrausch. Immerhin der Ahnenpass meines Vaters und Ariernachweis (noch nicht behördlich abgestempelt) ist noch vorhanden – ein Mysterium, das jetzt nicht mehr so einfach zu lüften ist.

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    • Bei mir war es nicht anders. Als ich die Gelegenheit als junger Mensch hatte, mit meinen Verwandten über Familie und deren Schicksal zu sprechen, war ich noch nicht interessiert. Gesprochen wurde über die Ereignisse im 2. Weltkrieg sehr wenig. Doch habe ich das Glück, ein Buch, das ein entfernter Vetter von mir über die Klopp Familie geschrieben hat, zu besitzen. Das übersetze ich nach und nach für unsere Nachkommen in Kanada ins Englische. Vielen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar!

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      • Ich hatte letzthin einen Film über Israel gesehen, und da war das mit der Verdrängung noch schlimmer, weil den Überlebenden des Holocaust wurde quasi unterstellt, dass sie sich nicht gegen den Nazi-Terror gewehrt hätten und quasi selber schuld an ihrem Schicksal wären. Ziemlich krass! Das Ergebnis: in der israelischen Gesellschaft konnte jahrzehntelange nicht von direkt Betroffenen des Holocaust über das Erlebte und die Zeit gesprochen werden – eine traumatisierte Gesellschaft.


  8. I’m so excited to start following your blog! Not only am I interested in family history and genealogy, I also have a touch of wanderlust and enjoy learning about new places (and hope to travel some day!). I look forward to learning from you.


    • Dear friend of my family blog, I would be very happy to assist you with your blog some time in the New Year. It is truly rewarding to search and find old family stories and photos and put them together into a cohesive and interesting piece of writing. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Good luck on your adventure into your family’s past!


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